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Outdoor Enthusiasts offer tips for safe survival during winter

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The great outdoors is a home away from home for many, but if you get lost, the wilderness may pose some serious challenges.

"If the temperature is going to be dropping, or if there's freezing rain or snow or anything like that, you want to know about that ahead of time." says George Washington Carver park guide, Douglas Bazar.

There's lots to think about before heading out in the woods during the winter season.
The first thing is your clothing.

Steven Burton of Outback Archery in Joplin sells a variety of winter hunting gear. 

"From boots, to hats, to gloves, you want to have good quality clothing to stay warm. Layer your clothing in the winter time. Start with something that's made of wool, anything that kind of pulls the sweat from your body instead of just absorbing it because as most hunters know as soon as you get wet, you're going to freeze the rest of the day." he says.

Once you have your proper clothing, It's important to alert family or friends where you're going.

"Be sure somebody's aware of where your 'e at. You don't want to wake up in the morning and decide your 'e going to go walk through the wilderness and what not. You always want to make sure somebody knows where you're at." Bazar says.

If you do get separated from a group or get lost...always have a backup.

"Probably one of the most important things hunters take advantage of nowadays are obviously cell phones. Compasses on their cell phones. That's a very important thing or just a normal compass to carry in your hunting bag." Burton says.

"Cell phones break, batteries die, that's why they're accidents. So you always want to be prepared." Bazar says.

Some other helpful tips they recommend:
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. If your finger tips, or lips begin to become blue...it's extremely dangerous.

They also say to carry a flashlight, with extra batteries incase you are stuck in the dark.

If you are hunting at night, it's important to not disturb other animals in their natural habitat, to prevent injury.

Outdoor enthusiasts say prepping yourself for outdoor activities can take a little less than 15 minutes, which ultimately could save your life.
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